On this night of a thousand stars

On this day in 1967 the Metropolitan Opera performed La Gioconda in Memphis, Tennessee with a cast headed by Renata TebaldiFranco Corelli, Rosalind EliasCornell MacNeilBonaldo Giaiotti and Belén Amparan. The conductor was Fausto Cleva

Born on this day in 1833 composer Johannes Brahms.

Born on this day in 1840 composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchiakovsky.

Anniversary birthdays for three great Swedish singers:

Born on this day in 1927 soprano Elisabeth Söderström.

Born on this day in 1931 tenor Helge Brilioth.

Also born on this day in 1931 baritone Ingvar Wixell.

Happy 71st birthday soprano Barbara Daniels.

Happy 70th birthday soprano Stefka Evstatieva.

Happy 66th birthday bass Roderick Kennedy.

Happy 61st birthday stage director Nicholas Hytner.

Photo: Louis Mélançon